Xabi Alonso has been at Liverpool for nearly four years, playing a key role in the club’s success over this time. However, he was absent in Milan last week for the Reds’ crucial 1-0 win against Inter due to his girlfriend Nagore giving birth. The Daily Mail reports that the Spaniard has no qualms about leaving his team in the lurch to watch his baby being born.
Alonso said: “I will always accept the orders of my coach and I don’t think that anyone can question my professionalism. But there are occasions in life when some things take priority over sport and that was definitely one of them.
“I know I was criticised but it’s over. For me that is forgotten now.
“I was convinced we would win in the San Siro anyway as in the Champions League we always seem to be a different team from how we are in the League at home.
“I have a contract until 2012 and I’m quite satisfied about my future.”
Quite right too, there are surely very few footballers (or people in general) that would sack off watching their child being born to go and play in a football match. At least Xabi and the missus made sure that this was completed well in advance of the Champions League final – not that’s a match nobody would want to miss out on!